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Helen Hunt and John Hawkes star in "The Sessions," originally titled "The Surrogate," which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures
Sundance hit 'The Surrogate' gets a new title: 'Six Sessions'

One of the more acclaimed movies at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival will be hitting theaters with a different title.

What used to be called "The Surrogate," starring John Hawkes as a polio-stricken writer and Helen Hunt as the sexual surrogate who helps him lose his virginity, has been retitled "Six Sessions," according to Collider.com.

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The movie earned standing ovations at Sundance, both for director Ben Lewin's sensitive handling to the subject matter and for John Hawkes' knockout performance as poet/journalist Mark O'Brien, who spent most of his life in an iron lung.

The new title refers to the number of sessions Hunt's sexual surrogate spends with O'Brien.

Fox Searchlight, which picked up the movie at Sundance, will release the film in major markets on Oct. 26.

It's not the first time a Sundance movie has been renamed on the way to general release. Recently, Lee Daniels' Oscar-winner "Push" was renamed "Precious" (to avoid confusion with a thriller of the same name that came out that year), and the Freddie Highmore/Emma Roberts high-school drama "Homework" arrived in theaters as "The Art of Getting By."



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